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Dmitry Shostakovich: A Portrait

Dmitry Shostakovich: A Portrait

  • 13-digit ISBN: 978-184-379-273-4
  • Barcode: 9781843792734
  • Approximate length: 15,000 words
  • Formats: iPad/iPhone (enhanced)

Dmitry Shostakovich (1906–1975) achieved international success when still in his teens. He went on to become the leading light in Russian music of the Soviet era and a mainstay of concert halls in Europe and America. Yet this fame was to be increasingly accompanied by debate between East and West over just what his music was about—an ideological battle that has only intensified in the decades since his death. This iBook presents a detailed outline of Shostakovich’s achievement.

About the Author

In addition to writing many booklet notes for Naxos over the past fifteen years (mainly on twentieth-century music) as well as numerous other labels, Richard Whitehouse reviews regularly for publications such as Gramophone and International Record Review. He is a founder contributor to the review website, writing on a variety of topics from the 2009 Donaueschingen Musiktage to Brian Wilson’s ‘Smile’ concerts. He has also presented a paper at a seminar devoted to Nikos Skalkottas in Berlin, contributed to an Italian TV documentary on Luigi Nono, and is currently working on a critical study of Bernd Alois Zimmermann.